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CAUTIOUS BY E.L. MONTES  
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Are you ready for this one… It’s beyond awesome! 

Cautious Synopsis: 

Marcus and Mia share a LOVE stronger than others, but their relationship was built on LIES and deceit. Cautiously they continue to struggle for what they desire more than anything, each other. Though, that comes with a price… one that involves more HEARTBREAK and deception. Can they survive another disastrous path? Is their love strong enough to defeat all the obstacles, all of the BETRAYAL? Not all broken relationships are repairable, but Marcus and Mia try their hardest to fight for themselves and for each other.



YouTube Link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbKlorItIa0

Sequel to: Disastrous (Disastrous #1)
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Author Bio:

E.L. Montes lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their English bulldog. She has a bachelor’s degree in legal studies and works full-time as a paralegal. She always loved writing and finally placed time aside to debut her first novel, Disastrous, in the fall of 2012.

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Synopsis:

District Attorney Vanessa McGregor firmly believes that structure and order are the stuff that dreams are made of. Happiness can be planned – and it starts with seven rules she’s laid out for her future. But as she’s organizing her best friend’s wedding in Hawaii, all of Vanessa’s best-laid plans are about to meet their match in a wickedly hot MMA fighter…

Jackson “Jax” Maris is focused on surfing, training and fighting. That is, until he opens up his big mouth, and finds himself having to pretend he’s engaged to his little sister’s best friend, Vanessa. When they’re force to share a romantic bungalow, however, their little charade suddenly takes a turn for the seriously sexy. And while Jax is definitely not part of Vanessa’s long-term plan, he has seven days – and seven naughty nights – to turn her seven-rule plan upside down.



My Review of Rules of Entanglement:

Gina delights us once again with a powerhouse story about unconditional love, heartache and the power of forgiveness.  


To say I had been waiting a long time for this second book would be an understatement.  I bought Seducing Cinderella because I thought it looked good. I loved the cover and the synopsis.  It was absolutely an amazing read!  So I had been waiting on this next in the series for a long time.  I was able to get an early copy so that I could post some reviews of the book on release day. So here we go!


This book starts off with Lucie’s best friend Vanessa “Nessie” McGregor, having to head to Hawaii to plan the wedding of Lucie’s dreams for her because she has been struck with illness and cannot get there to do it herself.  Lucie is the heroine in Seducing Cinderella and she is going to marry Reid Alexander MMA fighter and best friend of her brother Jackson Maris.  When Vanessa arrives she is supposed to meet with “Jax” her best friends brother who lives in Hawaii.  Vanessa has lived a life full of regrets and heartache.  She has 7 Rules that she lives by and she has never broken them for anyone.  She’s a lawyer and one headstrong woman.  She’s snarky and down right funny.  “V” as Jax insists on calling her is not the type to get pushed around by anyone.  She is strikingly beautiful and turns heads everywhere she goes but her “step off” attitude leaves a little to be desired.  

Jackson “Jax” Maris is Lucie’s only brother.  After their parents died suddenly he made it his life’s mission to raise Lucie to be an exemplary woman.  Jax had to struggle for years to make this work and when Lucie was old enough he fled off to Hawaii, where he trains and fights as an MMA fighter.  There is a reason he chose Hawaii and it is a secret he has held onto for the last 15 years, even from his baby sister.  Jax is a strong man, and oh so warm and sensual.  When he arrives late to pickup his baby sister’s best friend Vanessa he gets an ear full and an eye full.  Jax has never met a woman with the quick tongue and whitt of one Vanessa McGregor.  He is quickly charmed and forms a plan to get closer to this woman that has set his world a tilt.

I cannot tell you how much I love Jax and Nessie.  Jax very quickly stole my heart.  I was told that others liked him more the Reid and I didn’t that that was possible but after reading this story, he’s joined my book boyfriend list.  He’s not just yummy in the looks department but he is super sweet and caring.  Oh so sensual and just downright panty melting in the bedroom, and all the other delicious places he and Vanessa adventure into and there are quite a few of them ;-).  He makes it his life mission to break down the walls that V has built and when the come crashing down he is comforting and loving.  He’s determined to prove that her 7 rules are not the way to live.  

There are some super hot and steamy scenes and I can tell you that I will never do a shot of alcohol again without thinking of Jax and Nessie.  You’ll have to read the story to find out why and I promise you that it’s TOTALLY WORTH it!  

The characters are strong and very well written.  Their relationship is so realistic, they have lots of issues to overcome.  Who doesn’t?The question is can Vanessa let down on her 7 rules long enough to let Jax in?  Or will she run like she always does?  Well You’ll have to read it to find out…  I promise you won’t be disappointed in this book.  This one was easily a 5 star read for me.  There isn’t much that you could change to make it any better then it was.  I want to go to Hawaii now after reading it and I bet that you will too.  Enjoy and Happy Reading!

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Changing the website location….

I have decided that I was moving the blog because the site that I was using was just not adequate for what I wanted and needed to do.  So…. I am going back to Blogger… The bad news is that the old site has no way to export my archives… All of those reviews have been posted over on Amazon and Goodreads as well.  I am going to try to take time to move them all over to Blogger in the future.  It will take some time.  All Future posts will go live on Blogger now.  Thanks so much!

                                      Jennifer 

“This” Series by JB McGee
I am pleased to feature my dear frined JB McGee and “This” Series.  Broken & Mending follow Gabby and Bradley through a whilrwind romance that is sure to delight the romance reading community.  Falling in Love is easy.  It’s staying in love and working through the past that can be difficult.  JB provides us with a “Cinderella” like fairytale romance of the young Gabby Gerhart, who’s life has been torn apart by love and loss.  Can she find happiness and true love?  Will Bradley Banks the young CEO and architect force Gabby to face her past and her fears and make her fall in love again?  Find out for yourself in Broken & Mending…
Stay tuned for the 3rd book in this Series “Forgiven” in 2013!


 

                          
                                                                      
 
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About Author JB McGee
J.B. McGee was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina. After graduating from South Aiken High School, she toured Europe as a member of the 1999 International Bands of America Tour, playing the clarinet. While attending Converse College, an all girls school in Spartanburg, South Carolina, she visited Charleston often. It quickly became one of her favorite vacation spots. She met her husband, Chad, during Christmas break her freshman year, and they married in 2001 and she moved back to her home town.
In 2005, the couple welcomed their first son, Noah. J.B. finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2006. During her time studying children’s literature, a professor had encouraged her to become a writer.

In 2007, she welcomed their second child, Jonah, and she became a stay at home mom/entrepreneur. In 2009, the found out their two children and J.B. have Mitochondrial Disease. In 2011, a diagnosis also was given to Chad. Please take a moment and learn more about Mitochondrial Disease. Awareness is key to this disease that has no cure or treatments.

J.B. McGee and her family now reside in Buford, Georgia, to be closer to their children’s medical team. After a passion for reading had been re-ignited, J.B. decided to finally give writing a shot. Broken (This Series), is her first book and first series.

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Fight with Me (With Me in Seattle Series) by Kristen Proby

Synopsis:

Jules Montgomery is too busy and content with her life to worry about a man, especially one Nate McKenna. If growing up with four brothers has taught her anything, she knows to stay away from sexy men with tattoos and motorcycles. That goes double if he’s your boss. During the one incredible night they shared, he violated the no fraternization policy…among other things, and it won’t happen again. Jules won’t risk her career for mind-blowing sex, no matter how much her body and her damn heart keep arguing with her.

Nate McKenna could give a shit about the no fraternizing policy. He wants Jules and he’ll have her. The rules could bend around them, or be damned. He’s not a man to be taken lightly, and Jules Montgomery is about to find out just how he responds to being pushed aside after the best night of sex he’s ever had. She can fight all she wants, but he’ll have her in his bed in the end.

FIGHT WITH ME is the second novel in the With Me In Seattle Series.

My Review of Fight with Me
 
Kristen graced us with a New Years surprise but releasing Fight with Me!  I curled up with a couple glasses of wine and my iPad and got straight to reading about Jules and Nate!  It was a Happy New Year indeed! 
 
The books takes us back to the night it all began.  If you haven’t read Come Away with Me the first in the series then you need to read it first.  In the first book Jules tells Natalie that she had sex with her boss.  The beginning of Fight with Me fills in all the details of the night that started their love story.
 
I already knew from the first book that I loved Jules.  She’s sassy and smart which are two of her best character traits in this book.  She doesn’t get pushed around growing up in a house with 4 brothers, she was trained to fight and protect herself.  She doesn’t need a man to protect her.  Or Does She? 
 
We know very little about Nate McKenna at the beginning of the book.  Only that he has had an instant attraction to Jules, that they have had sex once, and he is her boss which means he is off limits!  Nate is gorgeous and sexy and Jules has tried to maintain their professional relationship because according to their company’s no fraternization policy she knows that he can never be hers.  Or Can He?
 
Jules and Nate have maintained a professional relationship after their brief yet HOT and unforgettable encounter for almost a year.  Apparently Nate has had enough of and tricks Jules into having a late meeting in his office under the pretense that they will be working on a problem account over the weekend.  When dinner is delivered and Jules starts to inquire about the issues with the account Nate gets to the real meaning of this so called meeting!  His proposition… Jules spends the weekend with him and stop pretending that they don’t want each other!
 
“You’re not looking at me like you just want dinner, Nate” – Jules
 
What I hadn’t expected was how passionate and loving Nate would be.  I knew from the previous book, Nate’s description had BAD BOY written all over it.  What I didn’t expect was the tender loving, passionate and sensitive “teddy bear” he turned out to be.  I love that he has paid attention over the last several months and knows little things about her like the fact that she loves Chocolate Cheesecake, and how she takes her coffee, it showed that Nate was truly into more then just her body and some great sex that they had.  He is all about Jules in every way that truly counts and she is #1 in his book above anything and everything. 
 
“You look lovely with the firelight dancing on your skin, and your beautiful blue eyes look happy” – Nate
 
Nate has quite the dominate and possessive side which was endearing instead of frightening.  Love is about compromise and Jules makes it very clear to Nate that she won’t be told what she can and can’t do. 
 
“I can’t stand the thought of it, Julianne.  No other man will ever see you naked again, do you understand me?” – Nate
 
As always no relationship is perfect that Jules and Nate have their fair share of imperfection in this book.  Nate has a past that shows up and throws a bit of a wrench into the situation between them.  Not to mention that Jules has issues with a co-worker that seems out to ruin her.  
 
I don’t want to give away spoilers and giving too many details will ruin some of the plot twists for readers.  Know that Jules and Nate are some of the best characters I have read to date.  Kristen has a real talent for creating lovable, honest, passionate and HOT characters!!!  This book has all the sexy scenes you could ever want as well as the passion and tenderness everyone seeks. The chemistry between Jules and Nate is as HOT in the bedroom as it is outside the bedroom. 
 
I enjoyed this book tremendously and I am so happy to have Nate and Jule grace my New Year!!!  I give Fight with Me the full 5 stars!  There is absolutely nothing I would change or felt like I was missing in this book!  I highly recommend the series for everyone who enjoys true to the heart, passionate love stories! 
 
 

Someone to Love by Addison Moore

Someone to LoveSynopsis:

What happens when two people who don’t believe in love, happen to fall madly into the most beautiful relationship they could ever imagine? A train wreck.

When twenty-year-old Kendall Jordan transfers clear across country to Garrison University, the last thing she’s looking for is a one-night stand. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what, gorgeous, Cruise Elton offers.

Kendall has long since come to realize that love is an illusion that never lasts, and Cruise couldn’t agree more—but something deep inside her wants him all for herself. So, Kendall devises a seat of the pants plan to “play the player” and proposes that Cruise tutor her in becoming a female version of himself, Garrison University’s own playboy.

Real feelings begin to emerge, and neither Kendall nor Cruise know how to classify them. Everything they once thought they knew is redefined as they discover, in one another, Someone to Love.

 
My Review of Someone to Love
 
Do you believe in Love at First Sight???
 
Where to begin!!! I downloaded this for my kindle as it kept appearing in my recommendation list.  It sounded good from the synopsis so I thought I’d give it a try.  What I got was a wonderful and surprising read!
 
 I was immediately taken by Kendall Jordan!  She arrives at Garrison University, at a party being hosted by her mother’s best friends son Pennington.  Yes that name is as ridiculous as the character is… haha!  Kendall isn’t HAPPY, she was supposed to be set up with housing at the dorms.  She quickly finds that Pennington didn’t setup anything for her… She has to find her own way from the airport to the frat house.  Her meet and greet with Pennington is anything but desirable!  What she does find desirable is her confrontation with the campus playboy Cruise Elton!  Their first encounter is nothing short of HYSTERICAL!
 
“Woah”. I slap my hands over his chest and give him a good shove.  ” Sorry, cowboy, I’m not into on-night stands either. I get it. I really do,” I say trying to maneuver my way from under him.  “You’re on a road show with your penis, and trust me, I’m the last person who wants to get in your way.  But I’m telling you, operation occupy-my-vagina is a no-go for the evening.”  Kendall
 
And this was just the beginning of the book!  Kendall or “Kenny” as Cruise nicknames her has such a great sassy attitude.  With nowhere to live she quickly has to put her trust in Mr. Playboy himself.  Kendall and Cruise both have pasts that have tainted their views of love and the belief that it even exists, let alone lasts forever.  Kendall’s mother is the perpetual bride and Cruise has been burned by the one person he thought was the love of his life. 
 
Since Kendall is forced into rooming with Cruise she decides that he is going to teach her  how to become the female version of himself.  How better to seduce the player then become just like him.   As their “lessons” start Kendall finds herself feeling something real for the gorgeous Cruise, and wonders if he feels the same.  Since we get alternating POV’s in the chapters we get to learn first hand what he is thinking of her! 
 
Kendall faces challenges not only from their family but friends as well as someone she thinks is a friend… I won’t disclose who this person is but she is vindictive and out for blood and Kendall is caught in the cross hairs time and again without even being aware.
 
 There are so many laugh out loud funny moments throughout this book.  Kendall’s thoughts made me crack up throughout the whole book.
 
Okay. Don’t panic. I’m sure there’s no real injury taking place in my baby-making station.  It just feels as though I’ve managed to sterilize myself forever thanks to the self-inflicted ulcers. – Kendall
 
Kendall and Cruise’s relationship is tested repeatedly by outside forces and personal insecurities.  His past comes back to haunt him and misunderstandings on both sides drive a wedge into their relationship.  She questions his feelings and true intentions, and lets her belief that love never lasts creep up and ruin the best thing she has ever had in her life.  Can Kendall and Cruise get past their insecurities and believe that love can truly last?  I won’t tell you the ending you’ll have to read it to find out for yourself….
 
I was touched by the story and the love shared between these two characters.  The development of their story was so natural, she didn’t fall in bed the moment she laid eyes on him, though she really wanted to.  It’s so refreshing to have a story that travels along the natural progression of a relationship.  The sexual tension and innuendos pay off in spades when Kendall and Cruise finally give it to their desire for each other.  This leads to some pretty hot scenes with the two lovers. 
 
In the end I was completely smitten with this book.  Addison did a fantastic job delivering a realistic and lovable story and characters.  I have read a lot of books lately that have fell short of getting my attention, this book was such a pleasant surprise I couldn’t help but promote it!
 
I give Someone to Love a solid 4.5 stars!

Addison Moore ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Addison Moore writes contemporary and paranormal romance. She is a graduate from the University of Southern California and worked as a therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for nearly a decade. She resides on the West Coast with her husband, four wonderful children and two dogs where she eats too much chocolate and stays up way too late. When she’s not writing, she’s reading.

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Forever My Girl (The Beaumont #1) By Heidi McLaughlin

Synopsis:
I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after.

I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. I’ve poured my soul into my music, but I’ve never forgotten her. Her smell, her smile.

And now I’m going back.

After ten years.

I hope I can explain that after all this time.

I still want her to be my forever girl.

My Review of Forever My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin
 For Liam Westbury the last thing that he wants to do is return to his hometown of Beaumont.  What he left behind is still there all the memories, the friends,  family and the love of his life… The love he threw away to chase a dream that he was afraid nobody would support or believe in.  He doesn’t know what to expect upon his return to
Beaumont.
“I gave up on their dreams and the life we had all planned out. And now I was heading home to face the music.”
This book presents us with alternating POV from Josie and Liam.  There were flashbacks to the past that fit right in with the story and gave you more insight to how Josie and Liam’s relationship developed in the past.  Heidi does an amazing job capturing the heartache and feeling in these characters.  I was instantly smitten with Liam and he broke my heart with his story in the beginning of this book.  He gave up everything to chase his dream.  When the death of an old friend makes him question everything he gave up Liam realizes that his dreams aren’t 100% fulfilled.  He is missing the one meaningful thing he left behind ten years ago.  He has so much to atone for after his abrupt departure ten years ago, he isn’t sure returning will be the best thing for him or the people he left behind. 
What I loved most was that the characters didn’t rush into anything in this book.  So many times we find that they reunite quickly and it seems so unrealistic.  When Liam first returns Josie is not very happy to see him even though the emotions she suppressed over the last ten years come flooding back with a vengeance.  She is torn between the love she once had for Liam, and the hurt of him leaving her that she cannot forget.   You get the feeling that Liam and Josie are destined to be together, but they are both dealing with things that stand in their way in their current situations. 
There are a few things that I won’t mention because I don’t want to spoil the surprises in this book. The issues that Josie faces are so real you can imagine yourself in the same situations. Her fears are logical and add a realistic quality to the character.  She thinks things through and doesn’t jump into anything without being sure of herself.   Liam is more than patient knowing that he cannot just erase the last ten years in just a few days.  Liam will wait for Josie to make her choices in the book and doesn’t ever push for more then what she can give him.  There was definitely room for him to be pushy in certain situations but he always remained patient and level headed knowing that pushing would only backfire on him.  The tenderness Liam shows toward Josie is admirable, he takes her feeling into account on every level all the time. 
“I want every part of you in my life, Jojo, when you’re ready.” “I’ll be patient… You will be mine again.”

Another thing that was really great in this book was the time given to other characters. It never felt like they were put in the book as filler, they were all given real story time.  Liam’s band members were introduced, and Josie and Liam’s friends and family were all given a special place in the past and present.  These supporting characters leave a great opening for the rest of the series.  At the end of the book you get a glimpse of the second book.  I already cannot wait to get my hands on it!

The only part of the book that I felt was slightly rushed was the ending.  I would have liked to have seen just a little bit more detail to the story in parts at the end.  But overall the story had excellent character development and the story flowed flawlessly throughout.  I laughed at some parts and cried at others, several others… The story was endearing and will certainly delight fans of second chances and redemption! 

“I love you, Liam.”
“You’re forever my girl.”
 
I give Forever My Girl 4.5 stars, and added it to my list of favorite reads for this year!  It was really THAT GOOD!  Heidi you have a new fan in me and I’ll be watching out for the 2nd book!

About Author Heidi McLaughlin
 Heidi  McLaughlin 

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My grandma once told me that I can do anything I want, so I am.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, I now live in picturesque Vermont, with my husband and two daughters. Also renting space in our home is an overhyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.

During the day you’ll find me behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, I’m writing one of the many stories I plan to release or sitting courtside during either daughter’s basketball games.

I’m also an active reviewer on The Readiacs – a site I own with my best friend and uber special beta, Yvette.

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

“Life is full of luck, like getting dealt a good hand, or simply by being in the right place at the right time. Some people get luck handed to them, a second chance, a save. It can happen heroically, or by a simple coincidence , but there are those who don’t get luck on a shiny platter, who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, who don’t get saved.”
Jessica Sorensen, The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden

Synopsis:

Luck was not on Callie’s side the day of her twelfth birthday when everything was stolen from her. After it’s all over, she locks up her feelings and vows never to tell anyone what happened. Six years later her painful past consumes her life and most days it’s a struggle just to breathe.

For as long as Kayden can remember, suffering in silence was the only way to survive life. As long as he did what he was told, everything was okay. One night, after making a terrible mistake, it seems like his life might be over. Luck was on his side, though, when Callie coincidentally is in the right place at the right time and saves him.

Now he can’t stop thinking about the girl he saw at school, but never really knew. When he ends up at the same college as Callie, he does everything he can to try to get to know her. But Callie is reserved and closed off. The more he tries to be part of her life, the more he realizes Callie might need to be saved.

(New Adult Contemporary) **Mature Content** Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language

My Review of The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden
I was super excited for the release of this book.  I love Jessica’s other series with Ella & Micha so I expected good things from this book.
The opening of the book cuts to the chase very quickly.  Callie is sent to retrieve her brother from a graduation party at Kayden’s home when she stumbles upon something she isn’t supposed to see or hear.  She discovers a secret about the boy she has known since she was a little girl.  Kayden’s father is abusive toward him and she interrupts a fight that was quickly getting out of control.  What Callie doesn’t realize is that by interrupting the fight, she changed everything that night without even knowing it.
“That’s you. Callie, you’re the only person that’s ever made me feel happy about anything. That night you saved me, you changed something in me—you made me want to live.”
Jessica Sorensen, The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden
 Callie has worked hard since her 12th birthday to be invisible to the people around her.  After the disastrous birthday party that changed her life forever she made a point to become emotionally and physically unavailable to everyone.  Callie cut her hair, wears goth style baggie clothing and takes the ridicule from the “popular” crowd.  Her father is the football coach so everyone know who she is.

Callie is now off to college and determined to start new.  She starts school in the summer just to get away from her past.  The first day of freshman orientation she gets quite the surprise when she runs into Kayden who she hasn’t seen since the night of the party.  Kayden is shocked to see her, she had changed completely from high school and now wore different clothes and hair style.  Kayden has wanted to talk to her since that nights to “thank her” for what she did for him.  A new chapter begins for Callie and Kayden that will change everything once again.

What I really enjoyed about this book was that it was so realistic.  Callie’s character does exactly what you would expect her to do after going through what she has in her life.  Kayden is strong but underneath he is a scared teenager trying to find his place in the world.  They are like any other teenagers that would struggle to cope with everyday hardships, growing up isn’t easy to begin with.  Callie is afraid to open up and Kayden is afraid of anything real.  The characters develop at such a normal pace it isn’t like it’s instant attraction and they are now madly in love with each other.  The progress of a relationships true development is captured in this book.

“In the existence of our lives, there is a single coincidence that brings us together and for a moment, our hearts beat as one.”
Jessica Sorensen, The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden

The ending was a quite a shock to me… Of course I knew going in that there would be a second book but I never saw what happens in the last chapter coming and boy was it one crazy ending!  Jessica’s talented writing kept me captivated and turning the pages into the middle of the night.  Callie and Kayden’s story will delight your sense, break your heart, mend it and break it again, that’s just the way it is with teenagers right?  I for one cannot wait to see what is in store for them in the next book The Redemption of Callie and Kayden due out in February 2013!  For a sneak peek visit Jessica’s blog site.

http://jessicasorensensblog.blogspot.com/p/the-coincidence-of-callie-and-kayden.html

Jessica has a sure winner with this Coincidence Series!  If you like Callie and Kayden I also highly recommend Jessica’s “Ella & Micha series” it’s a delightful young love story that will captivate you as much as Callie and Kayden!

Happy Reading…



Mending (This Series Book #2) by JB McGee


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Released Dec 17th, 2012

Gabby has finally started to break down the walls she has worked so hard to build up from all of the heartache she has felt through the years, just as ghosts from Bradley’s past begin to show themselves. Will Gabby find healthy ways to cope with the new heartache she experiences or will she go back to running from the people who pose a risk of hurting her?

“If I can’t have you for the rest of my life, I will be alone.”  ― J.B. McGee, Mending

 
My Review of Mending by J.B. McGee


So I have been waiting a bit to write this review because I was still trying to form the words to complete my review.  I have been read lots of books in the last year or so upwards of about 190+.  I still cannot tell you what it is about Broken and Mending that have just taken me completely by storm.  Oh well scratch that I can… I am totally and completely smitten with Bradley Banks and simply adore Gabby.

Mending picks up EXACTLY where Broken left off which is great because so many books don’t do that and there is a gap in time and space between installments.  J.B. does an excellent job of picking up right where she left off in Broken.  If you haven’t read Broken the first book in the series you will need to start there. 

One of my favorite things about the “This Series” is the alternating chapters of past and present.  The book starts in the present which is a few months into the future after Broken ended but the alternating chapters, give us the story of the past few months, from their second date to the present day. 

In Mending Gabby and Bradley’s relationship is put to the ultimate test when a past love interest of his shows up at the most inopportune time.  Gabby already struggling to let go of her issues of trust with dating and relationships immediately turns to thinking the worst which causes her to make some rash decisions.  Some say that Gabby is immature and I tend to agree.  She is after all still a college student.  Her decisions causes Bradley to take steps to not only correct this unexpected development, but ensure that Gabby knows just how much this doesn’t change anything about his feelings for her.

“I can barely breathe when I’m around you because you take my breathe away. But, when I was without you, I thought I was drowning.”
J.B. McGee, Mending


When Gabby finds herself with her own unexpected visitor from the past.  She comes face to face with the person that betrayed her and caused her to build the walls she has when it comes to relationships.  When Ian knock on the door to her apartment it causes Gabby’s to really think about her relationship with Bradley.  She is slightly confused at the sudden appearance of Ian at her door and quickly realizes which his intentions are. 

As Gabby and Bradley’s story continues to unfold you get the true feeling of what it means to love unconditionally.  Gabby is truly starting to grow up and understand what relationships are supposed to be like.  Gabby is the first person to ever make Bradley feel love and he will stop at nothing to make sure that she believes that their love is forever and nothing will ever come between them to change what he feels for her.

“If I can’t have you for the rest of my life, I will be alone.”
J.B. McGee, Mending

This book simply brought a smile to my face, tears to my eyes, warmed my heart and made me fall deeper into their love story.  I was smitten with Bradley after Broken and fell even more after Mending.  I have read other reviews that criticized that Bradley was too old fashioned and I honestly find that one of his most charming qualities.  Gabby can be slightly immature at times but keeping in mind that she is young and inexperienced it lends insight to her character.  She isn’t supposed to have it all figured out at that age.  Who really does when in college, but the one thing that she is always certain of is that she loves Bradley and he loves her just as much… 

The characters continue to gain steady development throughout this installment.  You can see the depth of the story as it is growing and maturing in this sequel.  The next installment is titled “Forgiven” which doesn’t have a release date just yet but will surely be on my TBR list! 


About the Author:


Image of J.B. McGee J.B. McGee was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina. After graduating from South Aiken High School, she toured Europe as a member of the 1999 International Bands of America Tour, playing the clarinet. While attending Converse College, an all girls school in Spartanburg, South Carolina, she visited Charleston often. It quickly became one of her favorite vacation spots. She met her husband, Chad, during Christmas break her freshman year, and they married in 2001 and she moved back to her home town.

In 2005, the couple welcomed their first son, Noah. J.B. finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2006. During her time studying children’s literature, a professor had encouraged her to become a writer.

In 2007, she welcomed their second child, Jonah, and she became a stay at home mom/entrepreneur. In 2009, the found out their two children and J.B. have Mitochondrial Disease. In 2011, a diagnosis also was given to Chad. Please take a moment and learn more about Mitochondrial Disease. Awareness is key to this disease that has no cure or treatments.

J.B. McGee and her family now reside in Buford, Georgia, to be closer to their children’s medical team. After a passion for reading had been re-ignited, J.B. decided to finally give writing a shot. Broken (This Series), is her first book and first series

You can find more information about her upcoming books at http://www.jbmcgee.com/

Dirty Red (Love me with Lies #2) by Tarryn Fisher

Leah Smith finally has everything she has ever wanted. Except she doesn’t. Her marriage feels more like a loan than a lifelong commitment, and the image she has worked so hard to build is fraying before her eyes. With a new role and a past full of secrets, Leah must decide how far she is willing to go to keep what she has stolen.
 
 
“Maybe the guy loves a good bitch – but you’re treading a thin line between attractively bitchy and psycho.”
Tarryn Fisher, Dirty Red

My Review of Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher
 
In this second installment of the Love me with Lies series we get a good look at Leah Smith.  This book is written where each chapter is either in the Present or the Past.  I had just read The Opportunist about a week ago so all the details are still fresh in my head in the story of Caleb, Leah and Olivia.  If you haven’t read that book you will need to read it first to understand these characters.  We got a good look at Leah in the first book, but this book is dedicated to her.
 
At the end of The Opportunist we find out just how far Leah is willing to go to hold onto Caleb.  In Dirty Red we find out just how crazed she is to make sure that Caleb remains with her.  Leah is messed up, she is selfish, cunning and manipulative beyond compare.  I thought that Olivia did some unscrupulous things in the first book but after reading Leah’s story, I feel like Olivia is “almost” the saint in this saga. She did after all save Leah from prison right? 
 
As Leah’s story is revealed we find out the secrets in her past that haunt her and made her childhood difficult.  Always feeling like she was unwanted and a family outcast.  Her family didn’t help in her insecurity as a child and she was pretty much raised by a Nanny. Her perfect sister Courtney got all the attention and appraisal from her parents, which left Leah feeling bitter and unloved.  She and Courtney were close but you could tell that Leah seemed jealous of the affection that their mother and father showed toward her. 
When she found Caleb and he rejected her she made it her mission to make him love her.  She sought and needed acceptance in her life and Caleb was going to give it to her, she would make him forget Olivia and love her at any and all costs.  
 
Being raised herself by a nanny most of the time it was only fitting that she hire a Nanny to take care of Estella.  When Caleb tells her in no way will a Nanny raise their child, things quickly turn for the worst in their relationship. 
 
There were a few things in the book that struck a bad cord with me where Estella is concerned.  It was hard to watch her turn away from her child the way she did, it felt like a lot of the time she was really using the excuse of her upbringing as a reason that she couldn’t attach the baby.  Some people are not cut out to be mothers and Leah certainly fits that bill.  It was quickly apparent that she believed that having this baby would keep Caleb bonded to her.  In this book we find out just how far she is willing to go to make sure that she continues to win.
 
“I have done a number of things to keep this man. I have lied and cheated. I have been sexy and meek, fierce and vulnerable. I have been everything but myself.” ― Tarryn Fisher, Dirty Red

 
I really liked the introduction of Sam who ends up being the “manny” that is hired by Caleb to take care of Estella in his absence because Leah is obviously not trust worthy where the baby is concerned.  It was truly interesting that the woman that he calls that happens to run the Nanny agency is none other then Olivia’s best friend Cammie.  Sam also just happens to be Cammie’s cousin.  Sam and Leah have such witty banter back and forth and I almost feel like she has met someone that is her match, calling her out in a way that only Leah could tolerate. 
 
“Leah: ‘How do I get him to come home?’
Sam: ‘Get a new personality and learn to shut the fuck up.”
Tarryn Fisher, Dirty Red
 
 I feel like Sam might play a bigger role in the future of this series guess I’ll have to wait and see on this one…
 
In the end the lies catch up with both of them and as they unravel truths and hurt each other one truth is revealed that I never saw coming!  The last sentence of the book still has me speechless after finishing it!  I keep reading that line over and over… SAY WHAT!!!! REALLY!!!! I flipped the page figuring I’d find just a little more to my surprise the cliffhanger ending left me stunned…
 
Leah is one of those characters that we all either love her or hate her.  I am not sure I feel either at this point.  I think after the revelation of her past I softened slightly toward her, but kept feeling like she is still a smart woman who truly knows RIGHT from WRONG or VERY WRONG in the case of the things Leah has been capable of. 
 
I am giving Dirty Red a solid 4 stars. I am really looking forward to see what happens in the next book!